The Royals streaky nature in 2017 has officially continued into August.
After going 22-30 over the first two months of the season, Kansas City responded with a 33-19 mark over the next two months. However, to start the last third of the season, the Royals have lost six of eight games and have fallen to just two games over .500.
With an Indians win last night, the Royals fell to 4.0 games back in the AL Central, but will have the opportunity to get that game right back tonight after the Indians lost to the Rockies earlier this afternoon.
They will send Trevor Cahill to the mound for game with that task. Cahill is coming off a no-decision last week against Seattle, in which he failed to get out of the fifth inning, but only surrendered two runs.
He will be opposed by right-hander Mike Leake, who is quietly having one of the better seasons of his career, with a 3.34 ERA over his 134.2 innings. Tonight's game will be just his second start against Kansas City in his career. That start came last season, with Leake getting tagged with the loss despite giving up just two runs over his seven innings.
He was bested by Chris Young and Dillon Gee that day and no, I'm not lying to you.
Here are tonight's lineups:
#STLCards vs. KC (8/9):— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 9, 2017
J. Martinez LF